By Judy C. Andrews and Eartha Watts Hicks
On Sunday, January 29, 2017, at The Harlem Arts Salon, #1 New York Times Bestselling author, winner of the NAACP Image Award and the Essence Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, Terry McMillan shared the magic of her latest novel, I Almost Forgot About You (Crown; 2016). Accompanying Ms. McMillan at the salon’s location in Harlem’s historic Graham Court building was prolific writer and author of Conception and Upstate, Kalisha Buckhanon with her latest novel, Solemn (St. Martin’s Press; 2016).
Both authors shared excerpts and little known details about their writing process. The gathering of readers and aspiring writers were also impressed with refreshments, autographed copies of each author’s latest release, and selfie moments. Mrs. Margaret Porter Troupe is the executive director of The Harlem Arts Salon, as well as wife to astounding poet Quincy Troupe. The couple warmly welcomes audiences to this personalized setting, reminiscent of the salons frequented during the prestigious days of The Harlem Renaissance, now used as a parlor space for writers, artists, entertainers, celebrity readings and other social events.
“Stories are important.” say Terry McMillan. “I read to see how people get through things.”
Once again, the intimate setting of the Harlem Arts Salon lent itself well, as the swell of fans received advice and reflections of writing life (past and present) through the scope of Ms. McMillan’s wisdom and classic humor and Ms. Buckhanon’s commitment to accurately recording our cultural truths.
The Harlem Arts Salon funds The Gloster Arts Project, a 501(c)(3) public charity, arts education projects, and FREE Summer Arts Camp for youth in Gloster, Mississippi. This non-profit aims to channel the experience of professional artists to teach creative skills to youth in rural areas, such as Gloster, Mississippi. By providing cultural enrichment, the organization hopes to inspire youth to create the world they envision, create jobs and ultimately, revitalize the economies of these small rural towns.
For more information or to make a charitable donation, visit http://www.theglosterproject.org.
Kalisha Buckhanon’s Solemn and Terry McMillan’s I Almost Forgot About You are available online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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Judy C. Andrews is a journalist, educator, member of The Harlem Writers Guild and author of An Ocean of Jewels. www.blessedbrown.com
Eartha Watts Hicks is author/publisher of Love Changes, member of The Harlem Writers Guild and editor-in-chief of Harlem World Magazine. www.earthatone.com